Chiropractic adjustments of the cervical (neck) can cause a stroke. Frequently, a chiropractor performs an adjustment of the cervical spine by taking hold of the patient’s head with both hands and turning the head to one side and then the other. If the chiropractor uses excessive force or if the twisting of the neck is both to the side and upward, arteries from the neck to the brain can be torn. Usually, the tearing of the artery is to one of the inner layers of the artery. This results in a reduction of blood flow to the brain and may cause a blood clot to form in that artery, further reducing blood flow to the brain. While torn cervical spine arteries (e.g. – basilar arteries) can occur in the absence of chiropractic treatment, a study by a neurologist at the University of California San Francisco found that those patients who had strokes caused by a torn artery were more than twice as likely to have had a neck adjustment in the month prior to the stroke.
Symptoms from chiropractic caused stroke may show up immediately or within a month of the spinal adjustment. Symptoms include: nausea; vomiting; dizziness; weakness; slurred speech; sudden numbness on one side of the body; vision disturbances; and severe headache. If you have experienced any of these symptoms following a chiropractic adjustment of your neck you should immediately go to an emergency room for evaluation and treatment. For more information on chiropractic induced strokes, you can contact the Chiropractic Stroke Awareness Group by clicking here.
If you or a loved one believe that you have suffered a stroke as a result of a chiropractic adjustment of your neck, contact Mike at 913-789-7477 for a free consultation.